A young tractor driver lost his life in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Friday after an Indian soldier hit him from across the restive Line of Control (LoC) in what officials termed as yet another incident of “targeted killing”.
Muhammad Ali was ploughing a field in Nali village, when a single bullet struck him in the neck, according to Ansar Mahmood, a police official based in the area.
“The 20-year-old fell from the tractor and died on the spot,” he added.
The deceased, an orphan who eked out a living by driving someone’s tractor, was laid to rest in his native Seri village in Samahni tehsil of Bhimber district in the evening.
People residing in the closest vicinity of the LoC while doing different chores often end up becoming victims to targeted firing by trigger-happy Indian troops.
AJK’s senior minister, Chaudhry Tariq Farooq said, “This kind of target killing is very common in this area and Indian troops placed here often do it.”
“He is the recent victim of the cowardly Indian practice of purposely targeting defenceless and innocent civilians in AJK with advanced weapons,” he added.
Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider also took to Twitter to condemn the latest incident of firing along the LoC.
“…Skirmishes and artillery duels between rival troops are not something uncustomary in a conflict zone but hitting non-combatant civilians in such a fashion is typical of the coward Indian army. Shame on them,” he wrote.